Southern California native pop singer & songwriter David Ottestad’s music project The Workday Release is the newest addition to our hottest ongoing ‘Artist On The Rise’ series at The Honey Pop, where we introduce you to emerging talent in the music industry.
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Today, we are introducing you to David Ottestad’s music project The Workday Release which has served us another slice of delicious pop pie as his recent album Like The Light Of Stars released via Enci records. The album gives such a beautiful and wholesome vibe touching different personal accounts of the singer’s life and walking us through his story. The 11-tracks-long record is a good mix of slow piano ballads and acoustic guitar strums showcasing different emotions; from a regretful breakup, longing for the right person to come along to being madly and deeply in love with your partner. Overall, the instrumentals are enjoyable!
And well, if you ask us about our personal favorite track, it has to be ‘You.’ It starts with the mellifluous vocals of the singer blending perfectly with the soft acoustic guitar strums and revolves around the idea of how love might not always come easy but it is always worth it.
Inspired by David Ottestad’s own relationship with his wife, the song is an ode to putting in the work and all the efforts every second of every day to make a relationship work and give your best and one hundred per cent to it. According to David, “You’ is a really special song for me in that, while it’s very much a love song, it’s more honest than I’ve ever been in a love song about who I am as an individual.”
Without further ado, let’s get into our chat with David Ottestad from The Workday Release and get all the inside scoop! And stream Like The Light Of Stars here!
Newest album: When is it out? Where can we stream it?
My album Like The Light Of Stars is now out on all to purchase and stream on all the digital streaming platforms.
Tell Us a Little About Yourself!
I’ve had The Workday Release for over 10 years now. It’s not an artist name that I wear. I look at The Workday Release more as a safe space for me to process life through songwriting and then, try to intentionally connect with the people listening. Musically, the songs are very singer-songwriter in structure. My goal is always to have a listener hear a songwriter and the main instrument first and foremost no matter what other additional production or instrumentation might be supporting the track. Lyrically, I kind of sway between writing from personal experience or fictional storytelling.
What are your main musical influences?
It took me a long time to figure out the answer to this question because I didn’t grow up listening to the greats. I really grew up in my older sisters ballet studios hearing classical music. Those are my first experiences of music. And then I’ve always been most influenced by movies. I am a huge fan of filmmaking and I’ve come to realize just how much the scores to my favorite films have influenced the way I write over the years. Very simple, emotional melodies. I like to think that there’s a cinematic element to my pop songs.
What is the funniest thing to have ever happened to you on tour?
The first thing that comes to mind is I went through a stage (ha) of performing in socks. One night at the House of Blues, I slipped and fell while jumping around. I thought I was so cool playing in socks. I was not.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
I think this is usually where “serious artists” admit they like top 40 pop music or something but I feel no guilt enjoying good pop music. If we’re talking food, McDonald’s french fries around 11 pm and “cook to order” request is a must.
Are you heading out on tour soon?
No tour dates are scheduled as of now.
What does a typical day in the studio look like for you?
I’m pretty relaxed but don’t really like to take breaks. I have to have someone remind me about lunch cause I’ll just keep working until the day is done. I love being in the studio. It’s always the most freeing, empowering experience.
If you could live in any musical era for the rest of your life, which one would it be and why?
I love the crooner/rat pack era so probably the 60s. I want to wear a suit, drink scotch and smoke a cigarette while making a record at Capitol Studios. In fact, if this record does well I promise that’s what I’d do next.
What would you say is your biggest goal as an artist?
To reduce my focus down to impacting one person well. Any message that comes my way with strangers offering me insight into their lives because of a song I wrote, I take that really seriously. I really love the conversations I’ve had privately with people because of music. Every time I place my value there, and not on how my music performs, I find myself feeling extremely fulfilled and grateful.
If you were not doing this, what would your career choice be?
Film. I love movies, but it takes a lot of people being on the same page and a lot of time to get anything finished. I went to film school for a year and the worst part was the film students.
What’s one piece of advice you’ve been given that you’d like to pass onto others?
“Seek out criticism early and often.”
Your friends and family are going to say whatever you’re making is good. They love you and want to be supportive. And that’s great but it doesn’t do much in the way of helping you evolve. Even if you disagree with the criticism someone offers you, I think it’s beneficial so long as you learn how to filter it through the values you define for yourself and your art. We need outside perspectives to help us elevate the quality of what we’re making.
If you can have dinner with one person, dead or alive, who will that be and why?
I’d have dinner, but I’m making blueberry pancakes, and I’d like to sit down with Taylor Swift. I’ve said this twice now in an interview. Hopefully, she never sees it.
And that’s the end of this chapter, The Workday Release. But hey, our fun ride didn’t end here. If you want to continue reading more such fun interviews with your favourite artists and rising stars, click here!
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